A fine blend of old and new
The inception of the Rigby Falling Block rifle stemmed from the creation of the innovative .416 No. 2 rimmed cartridge released in 2019, which smoothly transitioned Rigby from crafting the .416 No. 2 double rifle to envisioning a falling block iteration. This evolution enhanced Rigby’s modern hunting collection, blending the timeless charm of the original Farquharson design with the contemporary refinement seen in the Rigby/Farquharson model.
At the heart of this journey to the rifle’s return is actioner Mark Mitchell, whose extensive industry experience and affinity for Farquharson rifles intertwined seamlessly with Rigby’s vision.
Mark Mitchell, Rigby Falling Block actioner, added:
“The drawings and the designs that I used for inspiration were from a .500 Rigby Falling Block rifle. I changed it slightly and used modern manufacturing methods. I came up with the design we had but it’s got pretty much all of the features of the original, like the retracting striker.”
Available in .303 British, .350 No.2, .416 No.2, .450 NE and .600 NE, each Falling Block rifle includes Rigby pattern iron sights, a choice of grade seven Turkish walnut, a custom stock fitting and silver oval inlayed into the stock engraved with initials. A stippled top to rib and sight blocks, London Best standard engraving, gold line on rear sight, London Best barrel black and oil finish and a colour case hardened grip cap. Numerous upgrade options are available.
The Falling Block rifle